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  • Poll: Obama Lead Narrowing

    According to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, challenger Mitt Romney has pulled even with President Obama in Florida. CNBC's John Harwood breaks down the latest poll results.

  • Winning Debate Strategies

    Joe Watkins, Republican strategist, and Jimmy Williams, Democratic strategist, debate whether style or substance will win tonight's presidential debate between President Obama and challenger, Mitt Romney.

  • WASHINGTON-- U.S. service companies, which employ nearly 90 percent of the workforce, likely grew more slowly in September than August. Economists expect the Institute for Supply Management non-manufacturing index dipped to 53.5 in September, from 53.7 in August, according to a survey of economists by FactSet.

  • Ready, Set.....Debate!

    CNBC's John Harwood reveals the results of the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll which shows the race between challenger Mitt Romney and President Obama is closer than some have suggested.

  • "This matter requires more attention," Jeremy Waterman, head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's China division, told a U.S. government panel led by the U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- U.S. solar panel producers, who have already won preliminary duties on billion of dollars of solar panel imports from China, appear well positioned to win longer-term relief in coming weeks as the U.S. government makes its final decisions.

  • Ralls Corp, which is owned by two Chinese nationals, was installing wind turbines close to the training site in Oregon, which, according to the facility's web site, is used to test unmanned drones- a highly sensitive and prized U.S. technology. Ralls Corp has until Dec. 27 to comply.

  • By Sarah N. Lynch and Alexandra Alper. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Two Senate Republicans on Tuesday slammed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for failing to wean U.S. firms off a key British benchmark interest rate that he knew was being rigged, resulting, the lawmakers said, in costly litigation that hurts American taxpayers.

  • PA Voter ID Blocked

    NBC's Pete Williams reports a Pennsylvania judge postponed the voter identification requirement law; and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ); former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (R); and Steve Malanga, Manhattan Institute, weigh in.

  • *New F-35 official, Navy arms buyer visited Lockheed plant. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Talks between the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Corp about a fifth order of F-35 fighter planes have been elevated to a senior level as the two sides debate the last $100- million- plus dividing them, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.

  • *In one case, payment of more than $7 mln held up over $100 invoice. By Ayesha Rascoe and Roberta Rampton. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- A year after the U.S. government raced to meet a deadline to finish loan agreements with dozens of clean energy companies, less than half the total money promised has been handed over.

  • By Sarah N. Lynch and Alexandra Alper. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Two Senate Republicans on Tuesday slammed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for failing to wean U.S. firms off a key British benchmark interest rate that he knew was being rigged, resulting, the lawmakers said, in costly litigation that hurts American taxpayers.

  • It's not just a matter of keeping up with the times, Duncan said in remarks to the National Press Club. South Korea, which consistently outperforms the U.S. when it comes to educational outcomes, is moving far faster than the U.S. in adopting digital learning environments.

  • *SEC convenes roundtable following Knight error. The SEC convened the roundtable following a major glitch at Knight Capital on Aug. 1 that led to a $440 million trading loss that nearly bankrupted the firm. The SEC has also launched a broad review into technology issues at major brokerage firms.

  • Grassley's letter comes as the Justice Department, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority continue to probe whether banks colluded to manipulate the London interbank offered rate, which underpins trillion of dollars in contracts and loans-- from U.S. mortgages to Japanese interest-rate swaps.

  • Vice President Joe Biden told a campaign rally on Tuesday that the middle class has been buried for the past four years, just longer than President Barack Obama's time in the White House.

  • DETROIT-- Americans found plenty of reasons to buy new cars in September, making auto sales a bright spot in the economy for yet another month. Sales rose for most carmakers, led by big gains at Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen. Gas prices have jumped 14 percent since July 1, and hit $3.79 per gallon at the end of September, a record for that time of year.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has dropped a complaint of patent infringement against Apple without explanation. Apple did not return telephone calls seeking comment and Google said only: "As we have said many times before, we will continue to vigorously defend our partners".

  • WASHINGTON-- The U.S. economy is looking more resilient, thanks in part to encouraging signs for the two most expensive purchases most Americans make: cars and homes. Cheap loans and a bounty of fuel-efficient models enticed people to buy new vehicles at a brisk pace last month.

  • Vice President Joe Biden told a campaign rally on Tuesday that the middle class has been buried for the past four years, just longer than President Barack Obama's time in the White House.